Tsai-Ping "Alicia" Li

A photo of Tsai-Ping "Alicia" Li.


Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

128M John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • Ed.D., Special Education (Visual Impairment), University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A., Special Education (Intellectual Disability), University of Northern Colorado
  • B.Ed. Special Education, National Taiwan College of Education
  • Nurse & Midwife, Taiwan Provincial Junior College of Nursing


Dr. Li is a full professor and has been teaching at EMU since 1995. Prior to pursuing advanced degrees in the U.S., Dr. Li had an interdisciplinary educational and employment background in nursing and education. As a licensed nurse, midwife, and certified teacher in general education and special education, Dr. Li primarily worked with students with physical impairments and other health impairments in Taiwan, especially children with cerebral palsy. Following her master's study in education for students with intellectual disabilities, doctoral degree in education for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, and a certificate in orientation & mobility (O & M) for the blind, Dr. Li worked as an itinerant teacher and O & M specialist for students and adults with visual impairments including those with additional disabilities. In addition to her teaching students of all ages for nearly three decades, Dr. Li has published and research work on vision programs, Brain Gym in students with visual impairments, autism spectrum disorders, print and braille letter reversals, behavior management, mental health in students with disabilities, and educational neuroscience.


  • SPGN 251 Introduction to Inclusion and Disability Studies in a Diverse Society
  • SPGN 395 Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Disabilities: School, Family and Community Interaction
  • SPGN 461 Classroom Management and Intervention Strategies for Students with Disabilities
  • SPGN 510 Introduction to Inclusive Education and Disability Studies SPGN
  • 525 Behavior Management and the Development of Social Competence in Students with Special Needs
  • SPVI 365 Braille I
  • SPVI 366 The Eye and Vision—Anatomy and Physiology
  • SPVI 368 Mobility Training for Persons with Visual Impairment
  • SPVI 369 Community Considerations for Persons with Visual Impairment
  • SPVI 464 Methods of Teaching Children who are Blind
  • SPVI 465 Braille II: Nemeth Code
  • SPVI 467 Education of Children with Visual Impairment
  • SPVI 469 Technology for Persons with Visual Impairment

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Li, A. (2009). Identification and Intervention for Students who are Visually Impaired with Autism Spectrum Disorders. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 41(4), 22-32.
  • Li, A. (2008). Do Students with Visual Impairments Benefit from Movement-Based Learning (Brain Gym)? AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, 1(2), 78-80.
  • Li, A. (2004). Classroom strategies in improving and enhancing visual skills in students with disabilities. Teaching Exceptional Children. 36 (6), 38-46.
  • Li, A. (2003). A model for developing programs to improve the use of vision in students who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities. Re: view, Rehabilitation and Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment. 35 (1), 31-42

Selected Presentations

  • Li, A. (2019). "Executive Function and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder," presented at the 2019 Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Li, A. (2017). "The Impacts of Executive Functions, Self-Regulation and Self-Determination Skills on Students with Disabilities" presented at the 2017 MASAL (Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters) Annual Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Li, A. & Habor, V. (2012). "The Impact of Hands-on Experience on Math Achievement in Students with Visual Impairments" presented at the 2012 MCEC (Michigan Council for Exceptional Children) Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Li, A. (2009). "Dual-Media Learning in Children with Visual Impairments" presented at the 2009 MCEC (Michigan Council for Exceptional Children), Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Li, A. (2008). "Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments in USA" presented at the National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan
  • Li, A. & Hwang, T. (2008). "Meeting the Math Media Needs of High School/College Students Who Are Blind," presented at the ATIA 2008 Conference: Showcasing Excellence in Assistive Technology, Orlando, Florida
  • Li, A. & Parks, L. (2008). "The Effects of Brain Gym on spelling Skills in Students with Visual Impairments," presented at the CEC (Council of Exceptional Children) 2008 Convention and Expo, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Li, A. & Parks, L. (2008). "The Effects of Brain Gym on the Learning of Kindergarten Students," presented at the 20th EQRC (Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference), Cedarville, Ohio
  • Li, A. (2007). "Programs/Activities to Encourage Use of Vision in Students with Visual Impairments," presented at the Discovery 2007: The Low Vision Conference, Chicago, Illinois
  • Li, A. (2007). "A New Era for Children and Youths with Autism in Southern Taiwan," presented at the 2007 CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Li, A. (2007). "Games/Activities to Improve Visual Skills in Students with Visual Impairment," presented at the 2007 CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

Grants, Honors and Awards

  • 2009 EMU Teaching Excellence Award, EMU Alumni Association


  • Council for Exceptional Children